OK Annie

No, I'm not OK, Daddy Warbucks!  I can't see out of these pupiless eyes!!!

No, I’m not OK, Daddy Warbucks! I can’t see out of these pupiless eyes!!!

Welcome one and all to my newest Monday musical feature, The Nest’s countdown of the Top 30 cover songs of all time!  Each Monday morning from now until the end of time September, I will reveal one of the songs I have chosen to appear in this tribute to plagiarism tributes!  Sure, it will take a while to find out what my #1 cover is… but not as long as it took me to finish my epic Millionaire Journey last Spring/Summer/Fall.

I know your computer monitors are all getting pretty foggy with baited/bated/braided breath by now… so find yourself a paper towel so you can enjoy the first entry that just barely made it to the Hollywood round of the countdown….


#30. “Smooth Criminal” – Alien Ant Farm

Michael Jackson is only the fucking King of Pop.  The dude’s already released more #1 hits since his doctor killed him six years ago than most artists will ever have while they’re still living and receiving hate mail.  MJ released “Smooth Criminal” in 1988, and while certainly not one of his best efforts, even mediocre 80’s Michael Jackson is still better than… oh, Enya, for instance.  It takes a lot of guts to try to top the most famous musician of the 80’s… let alone outdo him.

Cheetahs never prosper.

Cheetahs never prosper.

Enter Alien Ant Farm.  Never heard of them?  We don’t blame you if you didn’t… they were essentially unknown prior to 2001, and quickly faded back into obscurity shortly thereafter.  But they had their one glorious moment in the spotlight when they released their cover of “Smooth Criminal” in the latter half of that year… and the only thing cooler than the song itself is the video they shot for it…

Gotta love all the references to MJ in the video!

He just needs a baby to be dangling over a balcony.

He just needs a baby to be dangling over a balcony.

Much sexier than the werewolves in Twilight.

Much sexier than the werewolves in Twilight.

Michael always enjoyed blowing Bubbles...

Michael always enjoyed blowing Bubbles…

Only in Chernobyl would this be possible outside of a music video.

Only in Chernobyl would this be possible outside of a music video.

Just about everything Michael-related can be found in this video except…

The King of Soda Pop is having a bad hair day.

The King of Soda Pop is having a bad hair day.

I like the more rockin’ version of “Smooth Criminal.”  AAF was one of several modern rock bands in the 2000’s that breathed new life into classic 80’s anthems.  Disturbed turned a good Genesis song into a great one… and The Ataris made me like a Don Henley song I never much cared for.

Don't get pissed, Don.  You brought new meaning to the term pretentious asshole.

Don’t get pissed, Don. You brought new meaning to the term pretentious asshole.

And of course, since I am mentioning those songs here… neither of them were quite good enough to make the cut in my countdown.  But what else did?  Well, I’ll reveal 1/29th of the remaining field next Monday!


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25 Responses to OK Annie

  1. Completely with you on this one… I actually prefer it to Jacko. More testosterone, I think.

  2. The Cutter says:

    I never cared much for this version. Seemed like a poor imitation.

  3. Oh I remember! and I have to admit that I like it more than Michaels version. But I was anyway a Prince aka Symbol aka Whatever fan in the 80’s :o) It’s on my list, thanks I totally forgot this guys….

  4. Mental Mama says:

    Excellent selection. I liked the cover version WAY better.

  5. PigLove says:

    I remember this song. No I wasn’t even born then but I’ve heard it being played from my Pandora account. Not bad at all. Now the Twilight comment, that got mom’s feathers ruffled. Rolls piggy eyes. She’s all Team Edward/Team Jacob. I’m like you. I don’t get either. Not when you have Team Bacon. Am I right? Snorts – happy Monday and I look forward to your next edition. XOXO – Bacon

  6. I was out of the country from 1979 through 1988. I missed most of the decade. I feel a profound sense of relief about it. It seems to have been a highly missable decade.

    • It’s the time I grew up in, so I’m required to be nostalgic about it. I will probably feel the same way about this current decade, because it just makes my head hurt….

  7. Scott says:

    I like the cover, but I think I prefer MJ’s version.

  8. markbialczak says:

    Alien Ant Farm made me itchy in spacey places, ESN. Good cover list start, but I vote for Michael’s original nevertheless.

  9. gentlestitches says:

    I vote for MJ but that version was fresh and original. I enjoy cover songs and cover bands. In my opinion it is fun to hear a different version of a favorite song. Crikey! The kids are growing up fast! Shane and I did a happy slack jawed gawk over breakfast this morning when we saw them. 😀

    • LOL! I knew you’d like my logo I created for this series! Aunt Scratchy is teaching them the fine art of music appreciation! Pretty soon, they will have cool hip hop names! 🙂

  10. NotAPunkRocker says:

    30 weeks worth of songs? What is this, a competition with the Millionaire saga?

    I just thought of two awesome covers, just got to wait…and wait…to see if you mention them!

    • It’ll be close… the Saga went on for 34 weeks. This one will only take up 7 months rather than 8!

      I’ve already got next Monday’s post written. I got a million bucks that says it is not one of the one’s you are waiting for…

      • NotAPunkRocker says:

        Meaning it’s probably some country dreck.

        I really am wondering if you got these two. Maybe I will remember in 31 weeks to let you know what they were!

  11. I liked this version of smooth criminal, noir sure I’ve ever seen the video though so that I shall have to check out 🙂

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